Spotted: New Trek Slash

Aug 31, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  


Despite the driving rain, pounding hail and blanket of snow sending cameras into meltdown, our videographer in Zermatt was able to get some clips of what appears to be a new Trek Slash under the Trek Factory Racing team out on the EWS stages this weekend.




The videos (above), show the Trek riders on a bike with a similar livery to last year but some subtle differences that point towards a new frame. The Slash was last updated in 2017 so it feels like it's about time for a refresh and, although this new bike does very much fit the standard Trek silhouette, we're expecting a number of changes that bring it up to date with modern enduro standards.




It looks like the seat post is chunkier than the previous version. There have also been some tweaks to the head tube area with a curve in the downtube meaning the 'Straight Shot' downtube of the previous is no longer a feature on this new bike. The lack of the fork crown bumpers from the current generation is the big clue that something has changed there; will this mean that Knock Block has also been removed from the design?

Given that enduro race bike geometry has moved on a fair way since 2017, we're expecting some changes there with the >65° head angle and 73° effective seat tube angle seeming like likely places Trek will start.


Trek Slash review
The current generation Slash came out in 2017.



Editor's note for the "review tomorrow" crowd:

Yes, one of the Pinkbike tech editors does have a new Trek enduro bike in for testing and it is launching soon. Information the assigned editor gets about a new bike is siloed off from the rest of the team so that when brands decide to race unannounced bikes like this, we can report on it while still respecting embargoes. The rest of us have no privileged information on the bike. If you'd like to learn more about how we test bikes and work with embargoes, we recorded a podcast about it.


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321 Comments

  • 340 1
 Just one time PB, photoshop a blurry sasquatch into the background of these spy shots and see if anyone notices.
  • 271 0
 How do you know we haven't?
  • 184 1
 kinda like this? www.pinkbike.com/photo/3148095

hit me up PB Wink
  • 68 0
 @NorCalNomad: Ooh subtle.

I spotted it in like under 1min.
  • 24 0
 @brianpark: wait, that was photoshopped?
  • 6 0
 @NorCalNomad: Lol. Very subtle. Can barely make it out
  • 8 1
 @mobiller: 1 min? It took me 15...
  • 8 0
 @brianpark: [Cue the X Files music]
  • 85 0
 @NorCalNomad: Dude don't use pictures of my wife on the internet please
  • 6 0
 Based in the PNW...it's only a matter of time before it happens. No Photoshop necessary.
  • 8 0
 @brianpark: Looks like a Sasquatch.
  • 69 0
 Trek needs to name their biggest XL or XXL size the “Slashsquatch.”
  • 5 0
 @WRCDH: I would 100% buy that
  • 5 0
 @slimjimbikes: Me too at 6’3” with 36.5” arms =). Always appreciated Turner’s aluminum “Sasquatch” size and that they catered to 6’3” to 6’8”+ riders.
  • 4 1
 It would be a travesty if this doesn't make it into the next podcast
  • 2 0
 @NorCalNomad: that’s awesome!
  • 5 0
 @NorCalNomad: got it...top left
  • 8 0
 @NorCalNomad: thats obivously a yeti or Abominable Snowman. FFS get your Bigfoot lore correct.
  • 10 0
 @oronaut: Hey man it was 11 years ago, done in 10minutes. I'm more #woke on my cryptids now.
  • 12 0
 @oronaut: definitely not a yeti, wrong colour. Everyone know the Yeti are turquoise. Rolleyes
  • 2 0
 That pic looks real because it is. Good to see Harry Leary out shreddin'
  • 2 0
 @mobiller: Wow, you are sharp. It took me several minutes to spot.
  • 4 0
 170mm Fork 160 Rear Steeper Seat tube Internal Storage Knock Block 2.0
  • 1 0
 @CrawfordMTB: what he said
  • 11 0
 I believe the Canadian term is “Samsquanch”
  • 1 0
 @NorCalNomad: @brianpark give this man a job!
  • 2 0
 I've noticed plenty of Yetis in their photos already
  • 2 1
 What, no Knock Cock Block for 2021?!
  • 1 0
 @hrv: nice find, so still with knock block.
  • 1 0
 @Tmackstab: Thanks for that mate.. that made my day.....
  • 2 0
 @hrv: Rock Shox 38, but on the lower leg it clearly says ZEB. Carbon Reserve Wheels... aah mate this is golden.
  • 2 0
 @streetkvnt-kvlt: it has knock block 2.0 - it only stops the bars from going passed 180 degrees and can be removed and be replaced with a standard headset.
  • 1 0
 @streetkvnt-kvlt: Still has it, but also has a proper shaped downtube. 2 for 1 deal.
  • 1 0
 @qblambda: yes, knock block 2.0 removable..
  • 1 0
 @Wesley01: yes ZEB are 38mm, i haven't done the video.
  • 2 0
 Is this story and photos from 2 years ago?
  • 2 0
 @Shartriloquist: yep, that's what we call them greasy muthers, dirty Samsquanches
  • 182 2
 "and, although this new bike does very much fit the standard Trek silhouette"

So basically according to the article it looks like a session.
  • 124 0
 "We at Trek have designed an all new frame. Our designers and engineers have had many sleepless nights bringing something new and fresh to fruition. Our core philosophy has always been one thing, and it's something that our staff, athletes and consumers embody: that shit better look like a Session."
  • 7 2
 I'm not seeing any obvious differences between new and old... Without an nda would anyone know it was even new?
  • 13 0
 They hire from the same design team that handles Porsche's designs.
  • 3 0
 @kcy4130: emperor's new bike
  • 10 0
 Meet the new Trek... Same as the old Trek.
  • 3 0
 @TheR: if it ain't broke....
  • 3 0
 @Mattysville: Yeah, no doubt. There’s something to be said for consistency.
  • 3 0
 @kcy4130: yes, quite a bit obvious ones:
beefed up seat tube, different shock angle due to seat tube being pushed forward as well as rocker, top tube doesn't
have kink, down tube... well all new front triangle. Looks closer to Session... Ughhh Sorry .
  • 3 1
 @kcy4130: the main difference is that it now looks more like a kona
  • 1 1
 @Mattysville: but it is...
  • 2 0
 One thing for sure: the new Tresh will be Slack
  • 1 0
 @anchoricex: Brandon Sessionuk approves.
  • 2 0
 @TheR: Exactly. Trek should know better - We won't get fooled again.
  • 2 1
 Somebody at Trek must have watch too much Berm Peak videos.. They are doing something different, but kind of the same.
  • 20 2
 Yeaahhh...that guy is going to get in some trouble with Trek lol Assuming he either works for or owns a shop
  • 16 6
 oof that looks sick dig the paint scheme. wish the slash was 27.5
  • 14 0
 I bet those racers don't feel nearly as special anymore.
  • 65 3
 @Jaystey: he should get in some trouble for the choice of soundtrack
  • 1 28
flag housem8d (Aug 31, 2020 at 12:24) (Below Threshold)
 @Jaystey: ohoohhh nooo its a f*ckin kona processss GUNAA gEt In TrOUbLE


cry me a river
  • 64 0
 The really odd thing is, if you watch the video the dude who made it clearly knows absolutely bugger all about bikes...
Bontrager Reserve Rims?
Rockshox 38s?
Trek Super Deluxe 160 shock?

Something really odd going on there
  • 8 0
 @anchoricex: so a remedy?
  • 2 0
 @rustiegrizwold: Oh shit for some reason i thought the slash had more travel.
  • 14 2
 Saw one riding my local trails this weekend. Not a well kept secret unless you work at Pinkbike apparently.
  • 1 0
 @gabriel-mission9: lolllll had me cracking up
  • 5 0
 @Jaystey: I've been that guy to get in trouble with trek before.....definetly don't reccomend
  • 5 1
 @felimocl: But they are for sale to the general public already. You can go and buy one
  • 1 0
 @rustiegrizwold: the remedy is a shorter bike in regard to geometry. Could always size up I suppose. Supposed to be more of a big bmx bike
  • 5 0
 @Jaystey: my local Trek shop has been selling them for a week or two. They have this exact bike in the showroom. They are a Trek corporate store so I’m sure it’s fine.
  • 1 0
 Whats on top of head tube? Tool or angle adjust?
  • 2 0
 There's something under the bottle cage. Nice. Now find the way to do the same on aluminium frames
  • 5 0
 @Jaystey: I could see a scenario where Trek dealers that are short on bike inventory are given the green light to sell these bikes before any sort of embargo lifts. Strange times.
  • 3 0
 @pakleni: It's a door into the new Trek Frame Purse or NOTSWAT box or whateverthef*ck you wanna call a giant hole in a frame with a door.
  • 1 0
 @jrocksdh: A special knock block tab that has a piece that holds the Garmin
  • 1 1
 @pakleni: they did, the 2021 Trek Slash 8 has a TWAT box too,

Spec on it was, Lyrik RC, SuperDeluxe rear shock, (looked like something new from RS) GX 10-52 eagle, Code's... Pretty killer spec tbh
  • 2 0
 @anchoricex: Why wouldn't you just get a remedy then?
  • 2 0
 The seat tube angle still looks awfully slack to me
  • 3 0
 @ghirox85: major fail if not 77+
  • 6 0
 @Paddock22: generally speaking, the embargo doesn't tell shops not to sell before a given date, just don't post it on social media and such..

Now, if a consumer buys one and puts something online, I don't think there is much Trek can do about it .. However, if a shop employee does it, that employee may find themselves getting employee pricing yanked from them...
  • 3 0
 @lumpy873: employee would lose their ninja
  • 2 0
 @jrocksdh: guide now... but, if they figured out who it was, yup...
  • 2 0
 @Caddz: no piss take here but same too. But spoke the guy and he reviews for a Aussie Mtb magazine so shouldn’t really be surprised
  • 65 1
 The loss of the knockback is unacceptable. Now the front triangle will be .5% less stiff and that is a huge issue the knockback solved.

Joking aside love it when manufacturers walk back on their BS.
  • 27 0
 looking at the video that @Seinar posted here in the comments, it still has a Knock Block
  • 5 0
 Knockblock is supposedly not gone just redesigned.
  • 16 0
 @ashmtb85: @pascalchristen:
Well then, makes it even sillier doesn't it?

We were told the absolute strongest, stiffest front triangle doesn't have the curved downtube all those other manufacturers use.
So now they have curved down tube but kept the Knockback- how dumb is that, really you got the curve back, just make it clear the fork and be done with your stupid idea.
  • 4 0
 It’s not gone. It has Knockblock 2.0 now. At least that’s what the sales guy told me. He seemed really pleased that you can have knockblock but still use a custom stem. Lol.
  • 4 0
 It’s not fully gone. You can remove it now though which seems like trek admitting it’s a bad idea.
  • 1 0
 Removable Knock Block (Knock Block 2.0)
  • 18 1
 Knock block, re:activ, drcv, boost, full floater, prolly lots more. Trek is awesome at hyping relatively useless innovations and then quietly sweeping them under the rug. Still good bikes tho.
  • 4 0
 It was a solution to a problem that never existed. I hate that BS.
  • 4 1
 @BryceBorlick: Yeah, my 2017 trek fuel ex with all that nonsense is still a great bike. Trek isn't alone though,, Specialized does the same thing: man-fu, 2bliss, SWAT, AUTOSAG, X-Wing, FSR, F-ACT, and Gripton are all "features" advertised for my enduro but half of them don't mean anything.
  • 4 0
 @BryceBorlick: that's what I've always struggled with with trek, and I was a wrench at their #2 worldwide dealer for a few years.

Make up nonsense, slap it on basically a.solid bike. Gradually forget about previous generations of nonsense, replace with new nonsense. Sometimes the nonsense is harmless, sometimes it's actually good, sometimes it is legitimately hindering the bikes. But it ruins any sense of authenticity for anyone paying attention for more than a few months. I always wonder what Trek's lineup could be if they focused on the bikes and not the marketing.
  • 2 0
 @David737: yes they're mostly BS but they for sure got (SWAT) Storage. Weed. Air. Tools right.
  • 2 0
 @Trudeez: With riders like Semenuk and McCaul on board, you'd expect them to make the bike a bit more barspin/tailwhip/decade friendly.
  • 2 0
 @BryceBorlick: None of that stuff is actively bad, but those are all second-best solutions to problems which were already solved. They serve no purpose other than giving the marketing something to spew BS about.
Incidentally, the suspension design of the new Supercaliber falls squarely into this category, but you get pounced on by apologists if you mention it.
  • 61 6
 Love the mic drop on the "review coming tomorrow" crowd!
  • 7 1
 Lol that was funny to read and a great addition. They have to spell it out for everyone who is pissy about spy shots.
  • 6 0
 Not a Mic Drop, they are now postponing it due to these meddling kids!
  • 1 0
 Well maybe not a review but it’s a few days from dropping so lol
  • 1 0
 It’s on there because the embargo is lifted in a couple days so it’s pretty much gonna happen.
  • 26 3
 the best part about getting into mountain biking is learning just enough that I almost feel confident enough to start talking shit in the comments.

like i only learned what "good geo" is a week ago but can tell the geo on this bike clearly sucks
  • 41 0
 It doesn't matter how much you know, just start pounding that keyboard. This is entertainment.
  • 4 0
 Underrated comment
  • 22 0
 How is this a secret? Trek has sold hundreds of these things already!
  • 15 4
 That is how the dealer wholesale model works for the vast majority of brands...
  • 10 0
 @hamncheez: Why dont they just stick to the viper red colorway? Its great just as it is.
  • 17 0
 @brianpark: not sure I get it. If you guys are aware on a new model, even with the reviewer embargo, if it’s in stores, you still can’t report that ? Seems odd if the bike is de facto publicly available. Honest question since I’m not familial with the distribution model.
  • 2 1
 @noplacelikeloam: I think thats for the 9.9 only
  • 6 0
 @hamncheez: Pretty sure that at 5'10 with short legs I could finally fit a 125mm dropper on that thing in a Large.
  • 4 0
 @hamncheez: Looks sick, hope they didn't go full slackduro
  • 25 0
 @juliopedro: I wasn't personally aware it's in stores. TBH if it's being sold publicly then that's something we'll have to discuss. We hold to embargoes as a courtesy, as long as everyone else does too, so if a brand blows their own embargo dates that's a new one for me.

Overall we're good with embargoes. They let media provide more value beyond the marketing blurbs or influencer unboxings, and they let me sleep at night knowing that we're not about to miss something important.
  • 18 0
 @brianpark: Bike brands getting weird. Like the whole Specialized Status release where it just....kind of showed up? And then some pubs in Europe got their hands on it, but then everyone in North America pretended they didn't exist. Even though they were in shops. But not on the Specialized website. It don't make no sense.
  • 3 0
 @brianpark: I bought one three days ago
  • 2 0
 @colto: The first batch was all pre ordered and a few dealers got them. ETA on new Slash is around 6-7 months ... The new release of the new Slash and it's models/spec is available to dealers, we are NOT to share any info. So it is kinda weird that some shops did it, but it's probably because the first batch was so small that they weren't worried about letting the cat out of the bag, Still, all the tech data is not out there, yet, to the public, that I know. (I know all the specs of the new on, lips sealed) And Trek probably is not in a rush because it is going to be like 6 months until you could get one now. at best!
  • 10 3
 @brianpark: Yeah Trek really boned you guys on this one... makes you look really stupid trying to show grainy "spy" shots of a bike in the mud when I could have taken crystal clear photos of the 2 I saw at my local Trek dealer when I was in there today.
  • 15 0
 @colto: full review in the comments section pls
  • 27 0
 @CONomad: It’s annoying but I’ll get over it, it’s just bikes.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: Yeah my friend bought one just last week. Posted a photo of it on his Instagram and Strava..odd it's nowhere to be found on the website.
  • 3 0
 @noplacelikeloam: only way I can get viper red is ProjectOne, colours are a bit meh this year
  • 1 0
 @enduroFactory: didn't even know that was a thing
  • 2 0
 @juliopedro: the only industry you can buy a product before it’s release
  • 3 0
 @brianpark: I work at a Trek dealer...

When Trek puts out the embargo info on the dealer site, they don't say "Don't sell before this date" They mainly say don't put the info online.. They know shops are going to be trying to presell these to potential buyers... Even more so this year when bikes are so hard to get..

For what it's worth, I've been drooling over this for the last couple of weeks... But, I have to sell my current bike on the DL so I don't lose EP pricing prelivages and I won't be able to get the new until maybe the time that park season starts in 2021.. Unless I shit a gold brick right now I one of the few 9.9s in a large I saw in stock yesterday are still available ..
  • 1 0
 @juliopedro: what is the reviewer embargo? I don’t understand.
  • 1 0
 @FastRiding: magazines and websites may get the bikes early, but on the condition that they don't publish anything before a set date...
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: That bike has reflectors! Definitely a friday fail coming up, beware!
  • 1 0
 @Acid11: it's illegal in california to sell a bike without them...
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: actually, that a federal mandate put in place by the CPSC...
  • 1 0
 @gnarnaimo: what is the new travel???
  • 1 0
 @Drewcoates: 160mm rear, 170mm front..
  • 18 0
 TREK CREATES WORLD'S BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE EVER.
15% LIGHTER
35% STIFFER
IT'S BLACK/BLUE!
  • 34 0
 Do you mean Gold / White?
  • 6 0
 @JonnyTheWeasel: Tastes great / less filling.
  • 5 0
 One of my favorite videos!!
  • 1 0
 The black and blue team colors would be a nice option over the stock stealth color... But, for a few, it will be on Project One...
  • 1 0
 Opps.. fee..
  • 17 1
 So, is the review dropping tomorrow or not?
  • 1 0
 nobody knows
  • 3 0
 Should be 2 or 3 september if I remember correctly. But pics of the new slash have veen going round on the internet for some time now
  • 2 0
 Or maybe thursday
  • 4 0
 @DavidSA: 3 september it is
  • 14 0
 It still has knockblock but with a bigger radius, full downtube guard, weedbox on both alu and carbon frames and can actually fit a dropper with more than 75mm drop...
  • 2 0
 The beans have been spilled!!
  • 10 0
 Ahh... the embargo silliness. There is definitely NOT a Youtube link to an up-close video of a new slash 9.9 in the forum right now. Definitely not!
  • 11 0
 No secrets at all. Got my new 9.9 last week and rode it already several times...
  • 3 0
 Have you got some more photos?
If you don't wanna post them here could you DM me?
  • 1 0
 Looks rad man. ???? enjoy.
  • 5 0
 Stupid question marks
  • 10 0
 I’ll take my review now please, I hate waiting until tomorrow.
  • 9 0
 Looks like a sess....... Kona Process
  • 5 0
 Thought these were out (they are)? No more straight downtube, thats how they have "knockblock" 2.0. It still stops rotation, but now the fork crown clears the downtube for barspinzzzz, and you can run a standard stem and utilize their "infinite radius technology...". 34.9 seat post. Storage on all frames. The 9.7 isn't complete garbage. The 8 gets the ultimate shock. 170 up front now. Oh and threaded BB.
  • 2 1
 They’re consumer embargoed until the third of September, so if you work for a trek shop and they see your comment, it’s the bone train for you
  • 1 0
 @Zimbaboi: in fact I do not
  • 1 0
 All just from seeing in person. The 9.7 is more or less rumor, just what I was told. The rest was easy enough to spot in person. The 8 was threaded BB at least, and its been strongly hinted the carbons are too.
  • 1 0
 And now the geometry is better. a degree slacker hta and a steeper effective seat tube (though still a bit behind other manufacturers.) I really like my '20 but I hope to be able to try one of these sometime
  • 5 0
 the 9.8 comes in a glossy metallic green color with a matte black top tube, also the aluminum models have Trek's version of swat. its full 29 and does away with the reaktiv shock finally
  • 19 0
 >trek's version of swat


you mean,...ahem....the Twat box?
  • 6 0
 @conoat: I think you mean TITS, Trek Integrated Tool System
  • 5 0
 @TrinityTrevor: you've get hire by Transition. Congratulations!
  • 1 0
 @Clem-mk: yes Transition should totally take advantage of that! Good call!
  • 1 0
 @TrinityTrevor: they actually did awhile back.
  • 8 0
 looks like a kona process
  • 5 2
 Worst thing is I worked in a shop when they bought fisher, klein and bontrager and made them worse or dead and I think their relationship with sram has poisoned me against them as well. I've seen all sorts of brands go the same way or do even worse (cannondale, gt and iron horse at dorel etc) but for some reason the anti trek bias still exists for me
  • 4 2
 Second that. Knock block, proprietary shock, SRAM fest. No thank you. Looks like a Kona from 5 yrs ago.
  • 5 0
 I'll always be pissed that they killed the Lemond brand to cover for Lance's doping lies. Lemond told the truth and Trek punished him for it, they owe him an apology.
  • 1 0
 @downcountry: But they aren't a sram fest anymore. for all their mountain bikes 9.8 and up they have a xt build costs the same as a gx build and a xo1 and xtr build are equivalent. Trek in the last two model years has become way more evenly split.
  • 2 0
 Meanwhile Trek Ticket hardtail:
Basically same frame from 2010 (though its good), costing you more than any other DJ frame available

Common, Trek! team riders using different frame for 5+ years now, let it slide into production as well
  • 10 6
 The knock block was such a poor thought out design feature. I sure hope it goes away along with propitiatory parts.
  • 7 2
 Propitiatory parts? Huh, never heard that one before
  • 3 1
 @Bikerdude137: lol My spelling is not so good
  • 3 2
 @Longtravel: yeah, but your ability to state the obvious is on point! LOL
  • 2 0
 @Longtravel: it's all good, there's so many people who write alot instead of a lot and that's super annoying, at least this one was funny
  • 3 0
 Oh well that's just fantastic now isn't it. So my totally stiff trek is now redundant because it a has a straight down tube. No one will want it second hand now
  • 1 0
 The new Slash appeared in the local dealer last week although new geometry charts weren't available to view. The knock block is still there as standard but it allows rotation to about 90 degrees as the frame clearance is there. Down tube storage. More travel. It appears that the top alloy version is still the 8 which is pretty frustrating as a 9 would be a possible new bike option. I quite like the look of the 9.8 but don't want carbon.
  • 1 0
 Love my current slash 8! Seat tube is a bit steeper than the carbon models but could be a little steeper, knock block is terrible and needs to go. I love that it's not crazy slack and long but I'm sure they will push the two a little further. Can't wait to see the new ones
  • 1 0
 It's funny how pinkbike comes up with this "Spotted" story, meanwhile all the information is available since days on their own pinkbike forum platform :-)

www.pinkbike.com/forum/listcomments/?threadid=218428&pagenum=57
  • 1 0
 I've been waiting for this to be released and I'm certainly not rushing to go and buy one from what I've seen. The proprietary stuff they put on bikes and then backtrack lets you know they believe we're all idiots. They ride ok, I've still got a recent model Remedy but I'll have to wait another four years for something worth my dollars.
  • 4 1
 New Slash with more standover and no cock block-might be time to trade mine up!!
  • 2 0
 still has knock block....
  • 4 0
 Another website has photos of the new bikes already in Bike Shops.
  • 1 0
 Could you send me the link either here or in DMs?
  • 1 0
 They’re in shops but are consumer embargoed still, so they’re breaking rules
  • 4 0
 Let me guess... longer,...., ....... .
  • 2 0
 "spotted" Trek already released a way too long live stream vod about this bike... embargo lifts next week, pretty sure well have a day 1 review by then
  • 1 0
 I liked the "Editor's note for the "X" crowd", it should be under every pinkbike article. Also include "Looks like a demo", "Where is the grim dount", "Dentist jokes", etc crowds.
  • 1 0
 I work at a trek dealer and we have this bike in stock. Go to a trek dealer and you might see one in real life! So weird to be selling a brand new, re-designed bike with 0 marketing announcements.
  • 1 1
 My '18 Slash + Bonty carbon wheels was a disaster. Shock failed twice, had to replace w/X2 on my own dime. Top end XXX carbon wheels couldn't mount DH, DD or SG casing tires without delaminating the rims, had to return them because of it. Warranty and support from Trek weren't bad but the issues were overwhelming between the poorly designed parts and a clueless shop.
  • 2 0
 XXX is a XC rim doesn't it?
  • 1 0
 @HopeFbn: There's XC and Enduro versions.
  • 4 0
 Looks like a session
  • 1 4
 It's a trek, if course it looks like a session, i grt that It's a joke but it's so obvious...
  • 4 0
 @Bikerdude137: man of course it’s a joke, it’s a pinkbike meme
  • 2 0
 @JRofficial: he attacc, he protecc, but most importantly, he a Trek.
  • 3 0
 i cant tell the difference.
  • 1 0
 My local bike shop the bike doctor frederick is already selling them and has multiple new slashes in stock, I even know someone who has already bought the new slash 9.8
  • 1 0
 I saw one these in person at Bike Dr. when I came in yesterday
  • 1 0
 Yeah they’re breaking rules, still embargoed for a few more days
  • 4 0
 knock block is stupid
  • 3 4
 I love when bike companies release the same bike year after year. Almost like it's a plot or something. Wait till you have something actually different to release, but I'm on board with killing knock - block. What a worthless "innovation" stops barspins and causes crashes on switchbacks and that's it.
  • 1 0
 This is a new bike not just new paint jobs
  • 1 0
 You guys failed to spot what looks like a new Marin in one of the photo stories. For most on here I bet that would actually be more exciting....
  • 5 0
 That wasn't a Marin, just a twisted bit of dead branch that had fallen at a funny angle
  • 3 0
 Strange title, none of these bikes look spotted to me
  • 1 0
 Hold up...I thought trek already released the new slash...? I saw one in a shop the other week. The internet must be really far behind.
  • 1 0
 2022 trek slash, now made from sasquach hair for a 100% stiffer than something frame. Frames Also available in white now wich are made from yeti hair!
  • 1 2
 Knock block is in the top ten shittiest bike ideas ever. Right up there with softride beams and brake lever shifters for mountain bikes. Congratulations to the whole team of dolts that let that one through and I hope new people have your jobs.
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 I am so confused by all these comments about Trek losing the KnockBlock and how bad some of their ideas are, because it almost seems like folks are considering buying a Trek. Seriously, don't forget, this is a Trek, a Trek by no other name, is a Trek, friends don't let friends buy a Trek.
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 The current Trek Slash is a 2017 model, but it actually came out in July of 2016 - more than 4 years ago! This is a longer-than-typical refresh cycle.
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 Tell me about the Garmin mount!
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 Click this link for much better resolution: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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 @reindeln: Got me there, good job, dude!
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 Dat dork disk!
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 Fail
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 It’s time for an update indeed. The seat tube also looks much shorter now.
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 In general Trek sizes pretty small. I’m 5’7 and ride a M/L, where most other brands I’m on a medium or even a small (looking at you, canyon).
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 Check YouTube for the new slash some vids up from riders over last 3 weeks now
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 Knock-block optional, updated geo, bigger seat tube, some other sensible updates on the frame... This bike is going to be pretty legit.
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 There was no reason for me to click on this and yet I did.
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 I mean you could put the past 3 years Slash in the pic and I'd assume it was the new one..
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 Can't wait..but my slash is going to have a motor
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 Are we all pretending we didnt see the leaked pics a few weeks back?
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 I'm 6'3 and an XL is too small, they need to adjust their reach and sizing
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 Yeah, same with a 2019 XL GT Sensor Carbon Expert 29er enduro bike I rented in Hawaii — felt like the bar was in my lap with a 40mm or 50mm stem...waaay too short and way too low (under 40” bar height, which is 5’10” XC-pro bar height, haha). Had to run a 90mm x 10-degree stem and a 2” rise bar I brought with me to fit me at 6’3” with 36.5” arms. Bar height came out to 42” to 42.5” which was perfect for that bike and the gnarly terrain and jumps we were doing.
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 XL they say is 515 reach
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 @enduroFactory: That is for somebody of 6'1 :-)
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 @mtb-journal: yes, if running a 40mm stem, I’ll need a 545-550 reach at 6’3” with long arms.
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 @mtb-journal: Well, at least to fit me in proportion to how 5’10” enduro racers ride large bikes with nearly 500mm reach and 40mm stems. 505mm reach with a 50mm stem just feels way too small for me, unless it’s exclusively used for the steepest of the steep DH terrain, on a long / slack bike, with a properly wide bar.
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 It’s euro bike week I would expect a couple of new releases that were planned in 2019
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 Hopefully with threaded BB this time
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 The Slash is way over due for an update so it's about time
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 Looks like a...Slash! Can I have one now?
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 I too spotted this new trek slash
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 A new version of the Scratch?
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 Still got one!
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 @JonnyTheWeasel: Same here, great bike.
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 Hopefully Modern geo...steep 78 seat angle/longer reach
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 Can we get glory day Trek back. OG C3 project type beat would be sick as.
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 More travel, longer, slacker. Hmm who would have seen that coming
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 Still "looks like a trek"
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 so basically only difference is treks BITS box in the downtube?
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 And no knock block or re:activ bullshit
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 @Bikerdude137: looks like it still has both, actually
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 @TylerG96: well f*ck, at least the knock block spins further but re:activ sucks so much
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 @TylerG96: Re:activ is no longer a thing on Trek, or thru shaft.
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 @gnarnaimo: all i know is that i saw one in line at silverstar and i couldn't see a knock block or re:activ both upgrades in my eyes
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 @Bikerdude137: knock block still exists but has been changed. Allows 90* of fork movement
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 @gnarnaimo: that's better (i guess so you don't rip cables?) Re:activ sucked though, mt friend blew up his re:activ shock in less then a month
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 @Bikerdude137: I never had an issue with my re:activ shock in over 4000 km of abuse, but have heard of countless thru shaft failures.
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 @gnarnaimo: 4000mm you mean?
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 @curendero: that would make a lot more sense
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 You guys were just talking about the obviously fake "spy shots" lol
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 Gotta love how even though Trek has more warranty issues in their frames than pretty much anyone, people never really seem to knock them on it, but then proceed to just blast a brand like yeti about their frame issues..
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 I never thought I would say this but... it's look like a Process...
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 they've always look similar
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 @Kashima: I mean, the new Slash looks like the old Process and the new Process looks like the old Slash...crazy
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 Little birdie said its 170/160. New geo
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 except still a seat tube thats slacker than the headtube. thats why i ditched my slash last year, dropping the dropper post was so tough on long rides and races when you need to save energy, dropping it with that slackness take a lot of effort
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 @TylerG96: you needed the AXS reverb. Or the bike yoke. Super easy to drop.
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 New numbers will be very similar to enduro specialized enduro. Fact.
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 No more Knock Block (or hidden) and back to the Full Floater? WTF?
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 nope, cock block still there (but more degrees to turn it, and you may be able to ditch it entirely though) and not a full floater. still has thru shaft
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 They are calling it knock block 2.0... can remove it allowing full rotations of the fork. OEM has it on for God knows what reason. I had a 17 Remedy and the current Slash with knock block and liked the look of it. They also claimed performance advantages... IMO folding to people complaining about it online because anyone who rode one knows that it's not noticable while riding. Also interesting to see yet another frame with internal storage... I remember Trek bashing Specialized for the very thing when they released it! Nice to see that they added it though as it is sweet and will be on alloy as well. Sad to see the normal knock block go. Sad to see Trek make moderate changes and follow other innovations. This Slash is a let down and I'm breaking my streak of buying them. Sorry for the rant.
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 @pgryderjon: The new version stops cables from ripping out during crashes. Unless you plan on doing bar spins it’s probably best to leave it on.
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 @MaplePanda: are they anticipating people will crash a lot on these?
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 @zyoungson: It’s an inevitable part of MTB. Unless you plan on doing barspins there’s really no reason any bike should have it’s bars turned further than 90 degrees. I’d say this is a pretty good feature.
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 Please get rid of that knock block garbage
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 So... what's different from five years ago?
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 Just so all of you know, Trek says fuck off Knock Block is staying
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 Still looks like a cop bike to me.
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 look like a session!!
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 Full review tomorrow.
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 no 3. Sept Wink
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 Looks like a Session.
  • 1 0
 ...its a trek
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 Drek
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 Love the black and blue
  • 1 0
 It looks like a S....
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 A trek enduro bike with not an outdated 2015ish XC/AM geometry? wow.
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 Looks like a Trek.
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 lol Knock Block....
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 looks like a trek
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 Just got rid of the cock block and said it's new
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 Your analysis based on the what exactly?
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 @CircusMaximus: the hearsay.
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 right on. stupid design which solves nothing.
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 Wait, they finally dumped that cock block??
I guess that means the front triangle is now flexy and all...
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 They're ditching it because everyone is starting to wonder if maybe we don't want a super stiff frame...
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 @Bikerdude137: They're ditching it because it lost them more customers than it gained, and it solves a problem which does not exist. The penalty may be small, but it's still a penalty which other designs dont suffer from.
I've ridden a fair share of bikes which were stiffer than Trek's, all with curved down tubes.

I still remember when i reviewed some 2008ish Trek Remedy where they claimed their "hourglass shaped" head tube was "more aerodynamic"! Like that matters on an AM bike! It was top notch marketing BS then, and it still is.
Want another example? My 29plus trek Stache has a front boost fork and bontrager boost hub - a standard pioneered by trek. Yet, the hub, although stamped with a huge BOOST logo, doesnt have oversized flanges which they claim improve stiffness. See? Even their own products dont always buy their mumbo jumbo Smile
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 More like COP block... no wonder they got rid of it.
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 Boring
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 down with knock block
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 Is the really knock block that big of a deal? I wouldn't buy a trek to begin with but the knock block isn't any of the reasons why.
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 @PhoS: it represents a history which trek has of creating & integrating unnecessary proprietary parts. That cannondale-itis is a big deal IMO.
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